Anya Bernstein (Chicago): The Hidden Costs of Terrorist Watch Lists. Keir A. Lieber (Georgetown) and Daryl G. Press (Dartmouth): Why States Won't Give Nuclear Weapons to Terrorists. From LARB, Elizabeth Stoker on Dostoevsky, inequality, and Tsarnaev’s humanity. Scholars of terrorism have anticipated the next development: “lone wolf” operators who solo, or in tiny closely linked units, attack with motives compounded of politics, religion and personal grievances. Two eyewitness versions of the final moments of Osama bin Laden have gone public thus far, and as is so often the case with eyewitness accounts, the two versions are in conflict — specifically over the question of exactly who killed the al-Qaeda leader. A new video released by As Sahab, al Qaeda's propaganda arm, on jihadist forums features Hossam Abdul Raouf, the editor of the terrorist organization's "Vanguards of Khorasan" electronic magazine. Evil in a Haystack: How do you find a terrorist hidden in millions of gigabytes of metadata? Elias Groll on why there's a good reason why so many terrorists are engineers. Molly Redden on how Facebook isn't the key to catching terrorists (and more). Al Qaida 2.0: Rukmini Callimachi goes inside Yemen terror leader’s blueprint for waging jihad. Shocker: Only 1% of so called terrorists nabbed by the FBI were real. There is no terrorist threat: The feds want you to think there is, compliant media goes along.
George H. Baker III (James Madison) and William R. Harris and Thomas S. Popik (FRS): Protecting the Electric Power Grid from Electromagnetic Pulse: Legal and Policy Aspects. Ronald R. Sundstrom (USF): Sheltering Xenophobia. Paolo Gerbaudo on the roots of the coup: It is political despair and lack of credible leadership that have led Egyptian revolutionaries to support the army’s removal of Morsi. Genevieve Pigeon on the conquest of the North: A modern idea with a mythical twist. Here is the introduction to Globalization, Social Movements, and Peacebuilding, ed. Jackie Smith and Ernesto Verdeja. 10 worst examples of Christian or far-right terrorism: Conservatives claim that all terrorists are Muslim, but most violent attacks in the US are carried out by white men. The Federal Reserve System is nuts — Neil Irwin on how we could remake it. Andrew Lanham on Walter White’s Heart of Darkness: Does any space remain for moral judgment? A nonhierarchical workplace may just be a more creative and happier one — but how would you feel if the whole office voted on whether to hire you and when to give you a raise? Michael Phillips onhow the government killed a secure e-mail company. Lavabit's Ladar Levison: “If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it”. What is the role of the humble dictionary in an era when word usage changes by the hour? Robert McHenry wonders. Greg Burris onChomsky or Zizek: Can’t we have both?
A new issue of the Graduate Journal of Social Science is out. Bent Flyvbjerg (Oxford): Making Social Science Matter. Karthick Ramakrishnan (UC-Riverside): Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Urgency of Public Relevance. From LSE Review of Books, Jason Brock reviews Cold War Social Science: Knowledge Production, Liberal Democracy, and Human Nature; and Kye Barker reviews Shaky Foundations: The Politics-Patronage-Social Science Nexus in Cold War America by Mark Solovey. Adam Gurri on how betting can improve the social sciences. Michael S. Lubell on why social science research matters. Let’s shake up the social sciences: It is time to create new social science departments that reflect the breadth and complexity of the problems we face as well as the novelty of 21st-century science (and a response). Andrew Gelman on why the old paradigm of a single definitive study in the social sciences should be abandoned. Social science’s noun of thorns: Michael Billig on the weaknesses of a discipline’s usage. Claude S. Fischer on the elusive quest for research innovation: Much of what is considered “new research” has actually been around for a while — but that does not mean it lacks value. “Nudge” back in fashion at White House: Courtney Subramanian on how Barack Obama’s newest initiative finds inspiration from social scientists who are trying to transform government throughout the world.